Governments should tax sugary drinks to fight the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. World health leaders say nearly 40 percent of people globally are WHO recommends weighty taxes on sugary drinks to fight obesity, diabetes The World Health Organization, in a statement timed for World Obesity Day. World Health Organization said on Tuesday governments should raise taxes on sugary drinks to fight what it says are global obesity and. The World Health Organization on Tuesday urged countries to impose a tax on sugary drinks to battle the growing obesity epidemic and They have been linked to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. A spokesman for the W.H.O., Paul Garwood, said South Africa and Britain were considering taxes. reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay, says a new WHO report. “If governments tax products like sugary drinks, they can reduce. The World Health Organization said governments should raise taxes on sugary drinks to fight what it says are global obesity and diabetes.